I can't think (or pay attention enough) to write a coherant enough blog essay. So...
I compiled a list of links to various latex designers "latex care tips" pages. Many sites were omitted because they didn't bother to put up a latex care page, I couldn't find it within 30 seconds, or they're under construction/renovation, OR whoever wrote their care tips was on serious crack. In conclusion: it's ok to be paranoid about latex care (try not to be a matyr with your fingernails, tho'); we all say basically the same thing in different words more or less; I hate flash websites.
Disclaimer: I am not responsible for the content listed in these sites.
Rubber 55 (UK)
Simon O (Austria)
Art With Latex (USA)
The Baroness (NYC)
Slyx (VA, USA)
Lust Designs (CA, USA) Care tips is towards bottom of page.
Nimues (CA, USA)
So Hip It Hurts (CA, USA) A really fun read.